- 600 Grand River Ave. | Port Huron, MI 48060
- (810) 987-8811
- info#thecouncilonaging.org (replace # with @)
- The CoA
Director: Laura Nestle
lnestle#thecouncilonaging.org (replace the #with @)
The Foster Grandparent Program is a nationally based program that regulated under the Corporation for National and Community Service supported on a statewide level through the Office of Services to the Aging. It has been sponsored locally by the Council on Aging, Inc., serving St. Clair County since 1977. It is a grant funded program, supported additionally through the local senior millage, fund raisers, and donations.
The Program recruits, screens, trains, and supports volunteers aged 55 and older who meet income guidelines, to provide mentoring and tutoring services with at-risk children in the public, non-profit settings. Each year 65 to 70 foster grandparents serve at approximately 25 or more different volunteer sites; including elementary, middle school, and head start classrooms, along with special programs providing services to children. Volunteers individually serve 15 to 40 hours per week and together provide over 60,000 hours of service in our community annually. Foster Grandparents are linked to the services and programs that the Council on Aging, Inc. is able to provide.
The are other benefits for the limited income seniors including a small tax exempt stipend, assistance with transportation, an annual physical, a daily meal during their service day, pre-placement and on-going training, recognition, and social events.
The main benefit that volunteers list as their reason for continuing as a foster grandparent is the knowledge that they are making a difference in the life of a child. It is a win-win program for seniors, the children, and the community.